Episode 66: EmPact Strategies w/ Corey Ponder

In recent years, we’ve witnessed a rise in identity-based harassment, public acts of hate, and the normalization of bigotry. Indeed, research from the Southern Poverty Law Center and reports from the FBI highlight a sharp increase in hate crimes over the past few years. These findings suggest that, now more than ever, we must find strategies to combat hate and work to develop safe and inclusive spaces for marginalized populations. Today, we examine what it means to become an ally in the current political environment by interviewing Corey Ponder, founder of Em|PACT Strategies. In addition to discussing how his organization works to build a bridge between empathizing and action (32:25 and 1:00:42), we also discuss the importance of allyship (35:23) and myths and misconceptions about becoming an ally (35:45). Additionally, we have a conversation about the relationship between privilege and allyship (40:22), specific steps that you can take to grow as an ally (44:10), intersectionality within the context of allyship and advocacy (49:55), and the relevancy of the Talented Tenth in the 21st Century (56:00).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

06:47 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

27:30 - Introduction of the Topic

30:04 - Learn More About Corey Ponder

1:06:10 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


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